VROBOTATOR: A VIRTUAL ROBOT FACILITATOR OF SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS FOR K-12

Elinor Mizrahi, Noa Danzig, Goren Gordon*

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has stressed the importance of efficient and accommodating online educational experiences. In this contribution, we present work-in-progress on the development of a novel system for facilitation of small group online discussions using an avatar during video conferencing. Four groups of eighth and ninth grades' students interacted with the system, with and without avatar guidance. Our pilot study results show that students reported the avatar-guided learning to be more efficient, easier to follow, and inducing more engagement and active participation. Students also showed better understanding of the learned subject with the avatar guidance, as shown by the post-session questionnaires. This system shows promise in future online educational activities as a facilitator of discussions with K-12 students.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication18th International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age, CELDA 2021
PublisherIADIS Press
Pages355-359
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9789898704337
StatePublished - 2021
Event18th International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age, CELDA 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 13 Oct 202115 Oct 2021

Publication series

Name18th International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age, CELDA 2021

Conference

Conference18th International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age, CELDA 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period13/10/2115/10/21

Keywords

  • Facilitation
  • Group activity
  • Video conference
  • Virtual agent

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